No New Tax Party endorsements similar to GOP picks

The New No Tax Party endorsements look very similar to the Republican endorsements for the upcoming election.

The independent ballot line for the NNTP, which was formed by the Republican-endorsed Brian McGarry, reinforces the Republican endorsements for the Town of Rotterdam and Schenectady County Legislator candidates in District 4. There is one exception with the NNTP endorsements, which supports retired Schenectady Police Investigator James Bradshaw for Rotterdam Town Justice. The Democrats and Republicans supported incumbent Town Justice Kevin Mercoglan, who has served the town for 16 years.

Besides Bradshaw, the NNTP endorsed McGarry for Town Supervisor and Chris Tomaselli and Joseph Villano for Town Board, as well as incumbent Highway Superintendent James Longo. The County Legislature endorsements include Wade Abbott and Stanley Marchinkowski for seats in the district representing Rotterdam. Outside of Rotterdam representatives, the party endorsed Patricia Zollinger for a County Legislature seat in District 2 representing the southern half Schenectady.

I am honored to run with these committed individuals who espouse and who exemplify in their private lives the fiscally conservative principles that are desperately needed at all levels of government, McGarry said in a statement. "I believe that the residents will embrace our shared vision and our commitment to hold the line on property taxes."

The Rotterdam Republican Committee endorsements faced opposition from fellow member Gerard Parisi, who filed a lawsuit around mid April challenging the validity of the town's endorsements. In late May, State Supreme Court Justice Vincent Reilly Jr. ruled in favor Parisi's lawsuit against the committee. The decision hinged on the committee not providing proper notice of the April 14 meeting.

The town GOP met June 6, prior to the county committee's vote to forward the names for new candidates filling vacancies created after Aurelia Lazzari and Nicola DiLeva both withdrew their bids for personal reasons. Later that night, the county GOP officially endorsed the slate.""

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